Sept. 17, 2012
-- Dr. Kerry Driscoll will lead a book discussion and lecture on Twain’s timeless novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, published in 1885, is regarded as Twain’s most controversial work due to its satirizing of southern society and the prevailing racist mentality prior to the Civil War. This sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is centered on the characters of Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim who encounter thieves, con-men and peril as they travel down the Mississippi River by raft. This great American novel is a coming of age story about freedom, friendship, and acceptance.
Dr. Kerry Driscoll is a professor of English and department chair at St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford. She is the recipient of two Fulbright awards to the University of Heidelberg, Germany and, in 2007, was awarded a yearlong Faculty Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her book manuscript in progress, Mark Twain Among the Indians. She is the author of numerous essays about Twain, is the contributing editor of the Mark Twain Annual, and last year, directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on “Mark Twain and the Culture of Progress.”
The Oliver Wolcott Library has additional copies of this title available to borrow. All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs. This program is generously funded by a Heritage Grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut and the Connecticut Humanities Council.